With all the current speculation surrounding the start of the new trial week — what with Alyce LaViolette, witness tampering, Facebook death threats, Grace Wong, potential mistrials and other stuff — check out the post below from our regular contributor Al, which sheds more light on the current state of play.
“… I think this judge has ended up somewhere between the devil and the deep blue sea, and a lot of it is of her own choosing.
If she dismisses the case due to the public’s reaction, JM and the family is going to throw a hissy fit.
If she dismisses it due to the victim’s family’s actions it sort of puts JM in a tough spot because he probably then is faced with having to prosecute them and they’re going to throw a hissy fit.
If she declares a mistrial, the defense is going to claim that given the international hue and cry, there can be no fair trial anywhere, ever.
If I was the judge I would tell the state to make a straight up plea deal with the defense and get it over with. And the plea deal I would urge them to take is something that would be the equivalent of her having to wait for another trial, say another year or so.
I know this is going to go down rough with the Alexanders, but it’s better than opening that witness intimidation can of worms.
Now I wonder if the judge has thought this out, and the reason she wants to have Wong up first is so that, if she can find some reason to declare a mistrial based on what Wong says, it might give her a way out.
She can then declare the mistrial, have JM take a plea deal and get the whole thing cleared up. That way none of the rest of this stuff ever needs to be discussed, and she draws a deep sigh and hopes she can make sure this never happens in her court again. I bet the Hon. Sherry Stephens never has cameras in her court again.
If she cannot get some reason based on Wong’s testimony, then I suspect she’s going to have the worst few days of her life.
What a cock-up this whole thing has become, and all because this judge could not keep control of her courtroom. I bet if we didn’t have all the sensationalism originating from JM’s office and his demeanor in the courtroom you wouldn’t have this state of affairs.” — Al
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